Scotland - 'Bitter blow' on free P1-3 meals

9th April 2010 at 01:00

Only one local authority plans to deliver the Scottish Government's pledge to introduce free school meals for P1-3 pupils in August.

A survey conducted by The TESS has revealed that West Dunbartonshire Council will be on its own.

Child poverty campaigners have described the failure of the Government and local authorities to deliver free meals as "a bitter blow to tens of thousands of families across Scotland".

With the exception of West Dunbartonshire, Scottish councils have chosen to take advantage of the "flexibility" offered by the Government, following the financial downturn. This allows them to concentrate on delivering smaller class sizes at the expense of free meals. es.

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